Earth Day provides a great opportunity for us as an airline to reflect on the importance of sustainability efforts in our industry. We’re proud to say we’ve made a lot of progress in recent years, yet remain aware of the work still ahead of us.
What do our current efforts look like? We have a broad array of sustainability efforts helping us toward our goal of operating an environmentally responsible airline. One of the most visible, because it happens right before your eyes, is our in-flight recycling effort.
Our program, launched in 2007, diverts aluminum cans, plastic cups, plastic bottles, newspapers and magazines collected on board our aircraft from landfills in 26 U.S. cities. And we’re happy to report our dedicated flight attendants, catering staff and cabin service employees successfully recycled 554 tons of material last year!
We also have a lot of programs that you don’t see, like a waste minimization program on the ground. And the numbers add up! Last year, for example, our employees recycled nearly 600 tons of waste at our headquarters here in Atlanta.
We know we have a long way to go before we achieve our goal of operating an environmentally-responsible airline, but with our dedicated employees and customers leading the way, we’re seeing significant improvements every year in our fuel efficiency, reductions in carbon emissions and recycling efforts.
So let’s take a moment today to acknowledge the progress we’ve made, while always mindful of the work ahead of us.
Managing Director, Safety, Health and Environment